CARMEL, Ind. – McCormick Clouser led Ball State with a 2-over par round of 74 in windy conditions Saturday at the Mid-American Conference Men’s Golf Championships.
Moving day at Prairie View Golf Club saw no movement on the team leaderboard as all nine teams ended the third round in the same position they started. Ball State, which posted a Saturday score of 302 (+14) as a team, will enter Sunday's final round in fifth place with a 54-hole total of 892 (+28).
Kent State began the third round with a five-shot lead and extended it to 23 by day's end. The Golden Flashes' 6-under round of 282 was 15 shots better than any team in the field. They own a three-round total of 852 (-12), while Akron (+11) is second and Toledo (+12) is third. Eastern Michigan (+23) sits in fourth place, five shots ahead of Ball State.
"We had a good start again in tough conditions with the high winds, but we struggled on a very challenging back nine," Ball State head coach Mike Fleck said. "We are looking forward to the final round to see if we can finish strong and try to move up the leaderboard."
James Blackwell remains the top Ball State player on the individual leaderboard in a tie for ninth place. After a third-round 76, Blackwell stands at 220 (+4) for the tournament.
Tyler Merkel moved up into a tie for 15th at 223 (+7) after a round of 75, while Clouser climbed into a tie for 19th at 224 (+8) after his 74. Ball State also counted a 77 in round three from Keegan McKinney, who stands in a tie for 22nd at 225 (+9). Albert Jennings was the Cardinals' non-counter Saturday with an 84 that ran his three-round total to 238 (+22).
Kent State's Corey Conners, the 2012 MAC Championships medalist, pushed his lead to six shots Saturday with a 65, the best round of the day by four strokes and the low round by any player in the tournament. Conners is 12 under for the championships, and his closest competitor is his teammate and defending medalist Taylor Pendrith at 6 under.
Ball State will again play with Eastern Michigan and Bowling Green for Sunday's final round. Jennings will be the first Cardinal off the first tee at 8:40 a.m. Live scoring is available at birdiefire.com.
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